- June 19, 2015
- Ms Heesun Kim
* For Immediate Release
56.3% of Koreans Support Korea-Japan Summit
Asan Institute Survey Shows Support for a Park-Abe Summit Regardless of Prime Minister Abe’s Apology
SEOUL, June 19, 2015 – From June 5-6 and June 9-10, 2015, the Asan Institute for Policy Studies conducted public opinion surveys on attitudes toward Korea-Japan relations. More than half surveyed agreed that a Korea-Japan summit should take place. There was general support for a summit even if Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s speech commemorating the end of World War II in August does not include a sincere apology on history issues. However, at the same time there was considerable concern over Japan’s shift to the right, and many identified the resolution of history issues as a prerequisite to improved relations.
Dr. KIM Jiyoon, Director of Public Opinion Studies Program explained that there is a sentiment among Korean public that a Korea-Japan summit must not be delayed any longer. She advised that the Korean government first look to improve relations between the two countries and, in the long run, look to narrow the gap between the two countries’ understanding of history.
The sample size of the survey was 1,000 people aged 19 and over. The margin of error was ±3.1% at the 95% confidence level. The survey employed RDD for landline and mobile telephones and was conducted by Research & Research.
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Dr. KIM Jiyoon, Director of Public Opinion Studies Program (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Mr. John J. Lee, Program Officer (email@example.com)
Mr. KANG Chungku, Program Officer (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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The Asan Institute, established in 2008, has successfully hosted a series of international conferences including the Asan Plenum, the Asan China Forum and the Asan Nuclear Forum. It has also published a number of books such as China’s Foreign Policy, Japan In Crisis, and The Arab Spring.